Working out has amazing physical and emotional benefits – and I can’t think of anyone who needs that more than us introvert moms. In my own efforts to get fit I’ve joined gyms and tried classes that ended up not being a good fit for me, mostly because they just didn’t honor my introverted nature. Eventually I found some of the best workouts for introvert moms – workouts that energize and restore, without draining my emotional reserves.
I know I’m not the only one who has faced these challenges, so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you today. Here are 9 of the BEST workouts out there for introvert moms:
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The Best Kind of ‘Me Time’
Is there anything better than the mental space and time to think you find during a good walk or run? Out in nature is best, but even a long go on a treadmill or stationary bike can give you energizing and restoring me time. If you’re stuck in the gym, wearing headphones is a great way to drown out the noise and create the illusion of alone time. Here are some of the best solo workouts you can do almost anywhere:
- Swimming Laps
Strength for the Day
Strength training is something I shied away from – partially because at the gym it’s more social and not as relaxing. I eventually bought some weights and started strength training at home. Here are some of my favorite strength training workouts for introvert moms:
This incredibly affordable set of workouts is absolutely amazing. It’s one of the most empowering workout experiences I’ve ever had, and very effective for the time spent. Workouts range from beginner to advanced, and all can be done in the comfort of your own home (or wherever there’s wifi). And at $2/month to stream, you cannot beat the price. So awesome.
I also love using our Amazon Prime subscription to stream workout videos. There are a ton out there, but this strength training video is one of the best.
Stress Relief and Restoration
Fit2B workouts is another great option for introvert moms. This affordable subscription offers a variety of workouts for every fitness level, including cardio, strength training and yoga. Their yoga/relaxation videos are my favorite. Not able to stream online? They also have a few workout DVD’s on Amazon.
I also love adding in gentle yoga routines for days when I need to relax and restore, or just to mix things up. When I can’t make it to the YMCA for a class, I break out my tablet and yoga mat and do use a video at home. Here are a few I’ve tried and enjoyed:
- Yoga with Adriene (YouTube)
- SaraBeth Yoga (YouTube)
- YogaMerge (currently free to stream on Amazon Prime)
The Best Workout Really Is The One You Love
At the end of the day, the best workouts for you are the ones that you actually enjoy. Finding fitness options that you love will make all the difference, because when you love it you’ll actually do it – introvert or not.
What are your favorite ways to work out? Any introvert friendly options that I missed? Please share in the comments. And if this post was helpful to you in some way, feel free to share the link with your friends!
Jamie Siebens is a freelance writer and owner of Always-an-Adventure.com, a blog focused on living intentionally and finding beauty in the everyday adventures of life. When she’s not behind a computer screen, you can find her with her husband and two daughters enjoying their current adventure – turning a former 1890’s one room schoolhouse and town hall into their cozy family home.